Karen DeWitt

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Karen DeWitt appears in the following:

300,000 Don't Claim Earned Income Tax Credit

Friday, March 20, 2009

Governor David Paterson is encouraging low income New Yorkers to take advantage of the earned income tax credit available on tax filings. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


Sen Dean Skelos Says GOP Senators Shut Out

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New York's Senate Republican minority leader says Democrats are excluding the GOP from the state budget process. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


One-Year Anniversary for Gov Paterson

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today's not only Saint Patrick's Day. It also marks one year in office for Governor David Paterson. After Eliot Spitzer resigned over a prostitution scandal, Paterson was sworn in as New York's 55th governor. And today, he took a moment to reflect on what's been ...


Paterson Ready to Repeal Rockefeller Drug Laws

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's ready to repeal New York's 34-year-old Rockefeller-era drug laws. He attended a rally yesterday with reform advocates. Karen DeWitt has more. REPORTER: Paterson is a long time backer of reforming the drug laws which mandates that judges sentence non-violent drug offenders ...


Reforming New York's Strictest Drug Laws

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Governor Paterson says he's ready to reform the state's 34-year-old Rockefeller Drug Laws. He attended a rally today with other reform advocates.

Paterson is a long time backer of reforming the drug laws which mandates that judges sentence non-violent drug offenders to often lengthy prison terms.

He ...


Republican Answer to Paterson's Budget

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Senate Republicans were the first at the State Capitol to release their alternative to Governor Paterson’s state budget. Reporter Karen Dewitt has more.

DEWITT: The senate Republicans, who are in minority in that house by just one seat, reject both Governor Paterson's dozens of new taxes ...


Dividing Up Stimulus Cash

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Governor Paterson met publicly with legislative leaders to brief them on the transportation grants that New York will receive as part of the federal stimulus package. Lawmakers have expressed concern that they might be left out of the decision-making process for the distribution of billions ...


NY Senate Considers Tax Hike on the Wealthy

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says his democratic members are preparing to discuss whether to tax New York's wealthiest residents. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: There are two bills circulating among senate majority democrats that would increase income taxes on the wealthy. One with ...


Paterson, Legislative Leaders Agree to Close Budget Deficit

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

New York State is back in black for the time being. Governor Paterson announced the legislature passed a bill that will close the $1.6 billion budget gap and balance the books for the current fiscal year. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson and Democratic ...


NYS Legislature Said to Be Near Budget

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Lawmakers in Albany are tight-lipped about potential budget cuts they'll need to make this week to close the state's $1.5 billion gap. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: The legislature is working towards a self-imposed deadline of later this week, after Governor Paterson rescinded his request ...


NY Dem Senators Claim Majority in New Session

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New York Democrats are celebrating now that they've elected a state senate leader and officially take control of the legislature for the first time in nearly four decades. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.


State of the State Address Previewed

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

After nearly 10 months in office, Governor Paterson gets to deliver his first State of the State address later today. As Karen DeWitt reports, the speech may give the governor a chance to discuss something other than the budget deficits he’s focused on for the ...


Democrats Poised to Control NYS Senate

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

It looks like Queens Democrat Malcolm Smith will get to call himself state senate majority leader. After weeks of wrangling with three dissident Democrats, Smith has gotten his party to coalesce around him for the post. Karen DeWitt has this update from Albany.


A Look Back at Paterson's First Nine Months in Office

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In 2008, David Paterson became New York's first African-American and legally blind governor when the previous governor, Eliot Spitzer, resigned amid a sex scandal. Karen DeWitt takes a look back on Paterson's eventful first nine months in office.


Paterson's Spending Plan Calls for Deep, Painful Cuts

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Saying New York faces the “worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Governor Paterson released a $121 billion budget yesterday that slashes spending for health care and education and proposes a wide array of new fees. Karen DeWitt has the details from Albany.


Senator Refuses to Confirm Roles of "Gang of Three"

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is refusing to confirm the new roles the so-called Gang of Three will play when the Democrats take control of the Senate next month...even though the trio has been discussing their new jobs with the media for days. Smith, the ...


Providers at Food Pantries Look to State for Aid

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Emergency food providers say they're still holding out hope that Gov. Paterson will increase welfare benefits as more people show up hungry. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.


Albany Lawmakers Fail to Strike Budget Balance

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For more than a month, New York lawmakers in Albany were bracing themselves for a brutal, budget-cutting session. But the governor called it off when it became clear he'd get no cooperation from key lawmakers. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.


Uncertainty Over Special Legislative Session

Friday, November 14, 2008

New York State lawmakers plan to return to Albany for Tuesday's special legislative session to deal with the budget deficit, but it’s uncertain just what they'll actually accomplish. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Senate Republicans have already rejected Paterson's appeal for mid-year school aid cuts, ...


Thruway Toll Hike Reconsidered

Friday, October 24, 2008

New York's State Comptroller says an audit of the state Thruway Authority has found that it’s difficult to determine whether a controversial toll hike is really justified. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: When the Thruway Authority announced a 10 percent toll hike, which took effect ...